What’s up with all these books and series? How do they fit together?

Most of the books and series I have written as SM Reine exist within the same universe. The characters will often appear in multiple series.

Think of it like the DC or Marvel universes. Superman will occasionally show up in Batman’s comic book, but that series still mostly about Batman. Superman has his own series with his own enemies.

I call this big universe the “Descentverse,” since The Descent Series is most readers’ introduction to my body of work. It includes The Descent Series, The Ascension Series, Seasons of the Moon, The Cain Chronicles, Tarot Witches, Preternatural Affairs, War of the Alphas, and The Mage Craft Series.

There are some minor exceptions: When I cowrite with Heather Hildenbrand or my husband Edwin Reine, those are completely different universes.

If you haven’t read anything of mine before, you can figure out where to start reading my books by clicking here.

What genres are your books?

All of them are essentially urban fantasy. I do wander into paranormal romance quite a bit, but if you’re looking for the romance structure (including happily every afters), you’ll probably be disappointed. If you’d like to know where HEAs and HFNs are in my books, you can find that on my content warnings page.

The best way to describe my specific brand of urban fantasy (since it may not quite feel like the UF you’re used to) is probably “mythpunk.” I tend to write with lots of metaphor, elaborate prose, non-linear storylines, and a mythology basis. The series start simpler and become more stylized as they progress.

I often write gods and demons, though you’ll find oddball takes on werewolves and vampires as well.

What order should I read the Descentverse series in?

Each one of my series are intended to be read on their own. If you’ve stumbled across one that looks interesting, you should be able to start there and enjoy it.

If you’d like to get the “core story” of the Descentverse, I recommend reading: The Descent Series, The Cain Chronicles, The Ascension Series, War of the Alphas, The Mage Craft Series, and A Fistful of Daggers.

If you’re interested in tackling the entire body of my work, here is a flow chart that illustrates how all the series fit together.

(Please note: Genesis is an event that occurs within the books, and not a series. You’ll understand once you’ve read to that point.)

A flow chart demonstrating the way that the Descentverse series are interconnected.

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Can my daughter/students read your books?

Some of them. Please supervise your children if you intend to have them read any of my books, as many of them do exist in the same universe, and most of my books are inappropriate for young readers.

Seasons of the Moon is appropriate for readers aged 13+.

The Cain Chronicles is probably appropriate for readers 15+.

Bitterroot, cowritten with Heather Hildenbrand, is appropriate for readers aged 13+.

The rest of my series are intended for adults.

Tarot Witches in particular is an 18+ ONLY series. It has explicit sex with fetish elements. It’s intended to titillate. This is awesome for adults, but not so much for kids.

The reason that I started out in YA and moved into adult works is that I discovered the VAST majority of my readers were adults after publishing Seasons of the Moon. There aren’t (or at least, there weren’t) a lot of young people with Kindles when I started publishing. My core readers hungered for story themes that weren’t appropriate for teenaged readers. I stopped writing with young people in mind.

As time goes on, there are many more young readers who are using e-reading devices, so they’re likelier to stumble on my books. Again, Seasons of the Moon, The Cain Chronicles (through Darkmoon), and Bitterroot are fine for teenage readers, but the others are not. Supervise your kids please.

Can I get some content warnings?

Please note: I have attempted to be comprehensive with content warnings for each of my series, but it’s easy to forget/overlook troubling material with this many books. If you are at risk of being triggered and prefer to have more information about your specific sensitivities, it’s easiest to ask me about it on Twitter. I will respond as soon as possible (and add information to this page as necessary). All of my books are pretty wild, so please be careful. I only ever want to entertain!

I also accept suggestions for improving the accessibility of my books, website, etc on my Twitter.

Seasons of the Moon: Readers 13+. Violence. Dark themes. Parental death. Divorce. No sex is seen on the page, but it is lightly referenced, and there is one scene that is fade-to-black. No four letter words/profanity. There is mild drug use by people who are not main characters (cannabis). There is an HFN (“happy for now,” which is the less exciting younger brother of Happily Ever After).

The Cain Chronicles: Readers 15+. Violence. Dark themes. Familial death. There is a love triangle explored in some dramatic detail, though there is still no sex on the page until Of Wings and Wolves (but it is not terribly explicit). Again, profanity is kept to a minimum. There are HEAs (“happily ever afters”), but possibly not with the characters you want.

The Descent Series and The Ascension Series: Readers 17+. Themes that may be considered blasphemous. Alcoholism. Romanticized cigarette smoking. References to illegal drug use. Strong violence. Explicit, though infrequent, sex scenes that are intended to serve a plot purpose, not for reader titillation. Profanity. Multiple character deaths, including children via unrealistic circumstances (killed by demon). Death on an apocalyptic scale. These series are entirely about killing God (yes, the Christian God), so many readers with strong religious beliefs may find this series offensive. The heroine is an intersex character who (very) infrequently faces slurs related to it. There is an HEA, but you have to be patient for it!

Preternatural Affairs: Readers 17+. Frequent profanity. Violence, frequently seen through a procedural lens (think police TV shows). Sexual content. Too many guns. Glorification of oppressive state entities. So much non-monogamy. This series depicts a slow-burn polyamorous romance, concluding with an HEA.

The Tarot Witches: Readers 18+. Frequent, explicit sex, involving fetishes, intended for both plot and reader titillation purposes. Some of this sex may be considered unusually offensive because of its use of blood play or because it involves shapeshifting werewolves. Thorough non-monogamy. There is profanity, but that’s the least of your worries. Dark themes and violence. Basically you should probably put on body armor and have the brain-bleach ready before reading these books. I have no filter while writing them. (They’re fun, I swear!) All the books have HEAs.

War of the Alphas: Readers 17+. Some profanity. Strong violence. Infrequent sex solely for plot purposes, not for titillation. Strong drug themes, including the main character taking drugs, though these drugs are fictional without real life parallels. Abuse against women. Possible domestic violence triggers. Main character deaths. No HEA.

The Mage Craft Series: Readers 15+. Some profanity. Some disturbing imagery and violence. Only one mild sex scene on the page. Unusual sexual behaviors are discussed at length. Underage alcohol usage. Abuse against women. Domestic violence triggers. This series has a romance unfolding throughout the books, which resolves with an HEA.

Dana McIntyre Must Die: Readers 17+. Extreme violence. Graphic content. Some sex, though it’s all for plot. These books are LGBT-heavy, and you shouldn’t read them if that’s an issue for you. (You probably shouldn’t read any of my books if that’s an issue, actually.) Major character death. Kidnapping, murder, and human trafficking. The series ends with an HEA.

A Fistful of Daggers: Readers 17+. Profanity, violence, occasional sex for plot purposes, substance usage. Sexual abuse and child abuse is discussed at length (though the abuse is typically not shown). Religious themes some readers may find blasphemous. Abortion-related content. Frequent slurs related to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other marginalized statuses, although it’s depicted with narrative disapproval. These books are like therapy, and they unpack a lot of toxic attitudes/environments that may be emotionally difficult or triggering for victims of bigotry or abuse.

How do I contact you, Sara?

If you want to know when I have new books out, please please please sign up for my new release email alert list. It’s the easiest way to let me know you care. And it’s the fastest way to find out when I publish stuff!

I have a Twitter where I tweet lots of stupid things. I don’t automatically follow back, but I read my @ replies. I try to respond unless I’ve fallen down a hole or something. It happens.

I spend way too much time on my Instagram too.

You can also chat with me, and other readers who love my books, in the Army of Evil Facebook group.

Tell me about yourself!

I’m an Air Force brat who was born in the midwest, lived overseas for a few years, and came back to the United States to settle down in beautiful, barren Nevada. I’ve known that I wanted to be a writer for almost my entire life, after I finally gave up on becoming a velociraptor. I wrote my very first book when I was twelve-ish.

When I’m not writing–which is seldom–I’m nose-deep in geek culture. I am insane about movies. My favorite part is arguing about them, because whatever opinion you have is definitely not as good as mine. I’m also a big dork for video games. My Steam library is a force to be reckoned with, and my favorite game of the week is Crusader Kings II.

Other hobbies include tickling my sons until they pass out from giggling, walking the miniature schnauzer (that’s not a euphemism), cuddling my army of black kitties, and eating delicious Italian food from my husband’s family restaurant. I’m also a strict meatarian and consume bacon for two meals every day. Also, I primarily work at two miles per hour whilst walking on my treadmill desk.

Happy reading. 🙂

Where is Death’s Avatar/The 19 Dragons/other book I remember reading, but cannot find?

You can find a list of books and series I have taken out of print by going to the Out of Print page.

I have explanations for the reason each title is no longer available on the book listings.

My apologies if you’re disappointed that any of these books are gone – for the most part, I do not intend on making them available again. Sorry!